Apple Releases tvOS 16.6

Apple today released tvOS 16.6, the sixth notable update to the tvOS 16 operating system that initially came out last September. Available for the Apple TV 4K and the ‌Apple TV‌ HD, tvOS 16.6 comes over a month after the launch of tvOS 16.5.

apple tv halloween
tvOS 16.6 can be downloaded using the Settings app on the ‌Apple TV‌ by going to System > Software Update. If you have automatic software updates turned on, you will be upgraded to tvOS 16.6 automatically.

There were no new tvOS 16 features discovered in the tvOS 16.6 update during the beta testing process, and it appears to focus on bug fixes and security improvements much like iOS 16.6, watchOS 9.6, and macOS Ventura 13.5. A HomePod software version 16.6 has also been released.

Apple's notes for the tvOS 16.6 update can be found in the tvOS support document.

Related Roundup: Apple TV
Buyer's Guide: Apple TV (Don't Buy)

Popular Stories

iPhone 17 Plus Feature

iPhone 17 Lineup Specs Detail Display Upgrade and New High-End Model

Monday July 22, 2024 4:33 am PDT by
Key details about the overall specifications of the iPhone 17 lineup have been shared by the leaker known as "Ice Universe," clarifying several important aspects of next year's devices. Reports in recent months have converged in agreement that Apple will discontinue the "Plus" iPhone model in 2025 while introducing an all-new iPhone 17 "Slim" model as an even more high-end option sitting...
iPhone SE 4 Vertical Camera Feature

iPhone SE 4 Production Will Reportedly Begin Ramping Up in October

Tuesday July 23, 2024 2:00 pm PDT by
Following nearly two years of rumors about a fourth-generation iPhone SE, The Information today reported that Apple suppliers are finally planning to begin ramping up mass production of the device in October of this year. If accurate, that timeframe would mean that the next iPhone SE would not be announced alongside the iPhone 16 series in September, as expected. Instead, the report...
iPhone 17 Plus Feature Purple

These 5 Features Will Make the iPhone 17 the Biggest Update in Years

Monday July 22, 2024 4:02 pm PDT by
The upcoming iPhone 16 models that we're expecting to see in September are going to be quite similar to the iPhone 15 models, but rumors suggest that Apple is making big changes in 2025. We've been hearing hints of an all-new device in the iPhone lineup, and it may be the most expensive iPhone Apple has offered to date. New 'Slim' Design Rumors have taken to referring to the new iPhone 17...
Apple TV Plus Feature 2 Magenta and Blue

Apple TV+ Curbs Costs After Expensive Projects Fail to Capture Viewers

Monday July 22, 2024 5:11 am PDT by
Apple is scaling back its Hollywood spending after investing over $20 billion in original programming with limited success, Bloomberg reports. This shift comes after the streaming service, which launched in 2019, struggled to capture a significant share of the market, accounting for only 0.2% of TV viewership in the U.S., compared to Netflix's 8%. Despite heavy investment, critical acclaim,...
iPhone SE 4 Thumb 1

iPhone SE 4 Rumored to Launch Early Next Year With OLED Display, 48MP Camera, and More

Monday July 22, 2024 7:22 am PDT by
The fourth-generation iPhone SE will offer a series of major upgrades over the current model, the leaker known as "Ice Universe" claims. The information was listed in a post on Weibo, which also detailed the specifications of the iPhone 17 lineup. As previously rumored, the fourth-generation iPhone SE is expected to feature Face ID and USB-C, marking a major upgrade from current and previous ...
bsod

Microsoft Blames European Commission for Major Worldwide Outage

Monday July 22, 2024 11:55 am PDT by
Last Friday, a major CrowdStrike outage impacted PCs running Microsoft Windows, causing worldwide issues affecting airlines, retailers, banks, hospitals, rail networks, and more. Computers were stuck in continuous recovery loops, rendering them unusable. The failure was caused by an update to the CrowdStrike Falcon antivirus software that auto-installed on Windows 10 PCs, but Mac and Linux...
iOS 18 on iPhone Feature

Everything New in iOS 18 Beta 4

Tuesday July 23, 2024 1:08 pm PDT by
Apple released the fourth beta of iOS 18 today, introducing small changes to a number of features throughout the operating system. There are no big additions in this beta, but Apple is continuing to refine existing settings and design choices. Apple plans to continue updating iOS 18 over the next few months, with the update set to be released this fall. We've rounded up all of the changes...

Top Rated Comments

TigerNike23 Avatar
13 months ago
Installed on 2 2017 4Ks and one HD model. No changes here.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Will Co Avatar
13 months ago

I've had the same issues. I've also tried to add a pair of home pod minis and had no luck at all.
Sadly, no apparent improvement. Even after upgrading tvOS is still getting HDMI-CEC wrong. There might be a slight improvement in that ATV now seems to be waking up more reliably. But overall still ropey.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Burger Thing Avatar
13 months ago
I hope it will fix some bugs related to Thread connectivity in Homekit. Whenever my Apple TV is the controlling hub for my Home, all accessories which I have recently updated to Matter and are connected via Thread (Eve Motion sensors, Nanoleaf Light Strip, Power Switch), will fail to respond eventually. When a Homepod is the controlling Hub, there are no issues. Homekit is still a pain.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
benoit79 Avatar
13 months ago

At one point I was wondering if they were getting fried just to clear out old inventory. Stupid, I know, but how many dangerous updates did we have for them? Was it 2?
Apple hasn't release one single good update for the HomePods since September 2022. So 16.6 is the seventh update with which I have issues. The last time my HomePods were working was on OS 15.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Will Co Avatar
13 months ago
About the time of the previous tvOS release, 16.5, HDMI-CEC stopped working on my home theatre setup and I'm convinced it's the Apple TV. Take that out of the circuit and all is well. With it in circuit, the AVR sometimes doesn't wake up with everything else, sometimes it's Atmos capability isn't recognised. Also sometimes ATV doesn't wake from standby with the TV. Perfectly fine before. Hopefully this bug fix clears the problem. Nothing about it in the support document, though.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
boswald Avatar
13 months ago
Please don’t fry my HomePods… Please don’t fry my HomePods…
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)